September went by quickly.
I’ve started keeping a book of days. Each day of the year has its own page, and each line corresponds to a year. I can never journal properly anymore, but it’s easy to think of one line of possibly-interesting stuff I did each day. The notebook I’m using has enough space for 36 years of entries. It will be interesting to look back on, if I don’t lose it or forget about it.
I did a lot of re-organizing in September. The temperatures dropped 20-30ºF (making them quite seasonable) almost exactly on September 1st, so I took advantage of the chance to open windows and clear out some dusty clutter.
I also started playing trombone again. I’d been lugging my poor horn (a beat-up Conn 50H from the early 70’s) around with me for the past 9 years, never once having played it. I am pretty awful right now, but I’m getting better. The internet is amazingly helpful– I wish I’d had all these resources when I was first learning! Sure, I had alt.music.trombone and Trombone.org and the trombone-L, but I didn’t have Youtube. Do you know how great it is to easily and quickly find really excellent trombonists playing pieces? It has made re-learning on my own go that much quicker. I am also enjoying how much more workshop material is on-line— already my high range is consistently better than it ever was in high school.
I plan to join a community band in January, one that is open to all, even people who’ve never even played an instrument. I will use that to find somebody to take lessons with, and my ultimate goal is to be able to audition and get a spot in the good community band.